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post Jul 8 2012, 08:58 AM
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Whats this Lie-nix Thing?

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I'm having a problem with a Gateway 450ROG laptop display (ATI M7 integrated video card). When I try to install a Linux distro, I'll get a white screen.

Not always, though. I installed OpenSUSE, no problem. I didn't get the white screen until after I installed the OS and rebooted the machine. I can boot a Live version of Ubuntu, but when I go to install it, I get the white screen.

I get a white screen as soon as Mint tries to install.

It doesn't just go white. It looks like it's slowly fading into white from the center and graduating out to the sides in a radial pattern. Once it's white, though, it stays white. It won't go back.

I've searched on several forums, but have been unable to find a solution to my problem.

I'm fairly certain it is hardware related, since I've had multiple Linux distros do this, as described above.

The only one that this problem doesn't pop up is Puppy, but I didn't really care for that distro.

I've successfully installed WIndows XP on the laptop and am tempted to go back, but I'd rather have a Linux distro for its speed and ability to be somewhat easily customized.

I've tried hooking up a monitor to the laptop and it will show me what's going on (except when I'm booting up Mint 13).

I've found a partial solution using OpenSUSE 11.4 (I downloaded it a while ago and decided to give it another shot). I'm sure it would work with other distros, but I found the "solution" via serendipity.

When I boot up OpenSUSE, I get the white screen on the laptop, but on the separate monitor I can see the OpenSUSE desktop.

I then turn off the laptop monitor by going to Monitors in the Control Center, checking off "Same image on all monitors," then selecting the laptop screen and hitting the off radio button.

I then check "Same image on all monitors" and go back to mirror images and when my laptop screen comes back on, it's fine.

Could this be a driver issue and if it is, how do I prevent getting a white screen during an installation?

TIA to anybody who read this and an extra TIA for anyone that can help me.


Update: When I suspend the laptop and bring it back up, it goes to white screen and I have to do the monitor-switching thing to get it to display right.
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